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Upcoming Events!

We are so excited to announce we are partnering with The Living Earth School to offer YOU two retreats coming OCTOBER 2023 in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Appalachian Mountains! The Living Earth School  is a non-profit, passionate about the outdoors, which aims to teach a holistic balance of skills to help students understand their place in the natural world, their role in the community, and finally a better awareness of their passion and vision for life.

Our two retreats, Nature Mindfulness Retreat & Wellness and Easy Backpacking Retreat will leave you feeling refreshed, nourished, knowing the science behind why you feel refreshed and nourished, and a toolbox full of hard and soft skills to weave into your everyday life for a sense of better wellbeing. Financial aid is available to participants who express interest.

 

Read the descriptions below and register by clicking the JOIN US button!! This will take you to the Living Earth School's registration website. Registration is at the bottom.

 

:) WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE <3

Nature Mindfulness Retreat

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Let Nature Be a Container for Health and Healing

October 12-15, 2023

Hosted by the Living Earth School and Nature of Mind-Body, this immersive four-day workshop is for attendees who want to learn and practice science-backed tools to incorporate resetting the mind and body into their everyday lifestyle to better their wellbeing. Content and approach is found at the intersection of science, nature, and mindfulness.

Participants will walk away from the experience with new tools and techniques to promote inner peace and well-being that are easily accessible and integrated into their everyday lives.

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What you will you take home with you:

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Introduction to the Nervous System

  • Sense-Based Nature Connection

  • Reflective Journaling

  • Therapeutic Yoga

  • Personal Goal Setting

  • Evidence-Based Meditation Techniques

Research in the developing field of eco-psychology has shown that time in nature helps alleviate many unfavorable symptoms of mental disorders including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Evidence shows getting outside reduces blood pressure, regulates and reduces stress hormone levels, lowers nervous system arousal, enhances immune system function, increases self-esteem, and boosts mood. In a recent study, psychiatric unit researchers found that being in nature reduces feelings of isolation, promotes feelings of calm, and lifts mood among patients studied.

Financial aid will be available to participants who express an interest.

Wellness and Easy Backpacking Retreat

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Learn Hard Skills and Nurture Soft Skills

October 20-22, 2023

Hosted by the Living Earth School and Nature of Mind-Body, this immersive three-day, two-night workshop is for attendees who want to learn and practice science-backed tools to incorporate resetting the mind and body into their everyday lifestyle to better their wellbeing. Open to backpackers of all levels, from the beginner to the experienced. Content and approach is found at the intersection of science, nature, and mindfulness. Guided by two health professionals specializing in outdoor holistic interventions, lectures on the scientific ground-breaking research of nature and mindfulness will be integrated through your own experience of yoga, mindfulness, and nature reflections.

What you will you take home with you:

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Introduction to the Nervous System

  • Sense-Based Nature Connection

  • Reflective Journaling

  • Therapeutic Yoga

  • Personal Goal Setting

  • Evidence-Based Meditation Techniques

  • Introductory Backpacking Knowledge and Skills

Research in the developing field of eco-psychology has shown that time in nature helps alleviate many unfavorable symptoms of mental disorders including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Evidence shows getting outside reduces blood pressure, regulates and reduces stress hormone levels, lowers nervous system arousal, enhances immune system function, increases self-esteem, and boosts mood. In a recent study, psychiatric unit researchers found that being in nature reduces feelings of isolation, promotes feelings of calm, and lifts mood among patients studied.

The first day will consist of a mellow 2-3 mile hike to establish our base camp. The following days will feature shorter day hikes. You will have the option to rent Living Earth School’s camping gear at no extra charge to be best prepared to camp under the vast night sky in the heart of Appalachia as you reset your mind and body. Financial aid will be available to participants who express an interest.

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